About Northern Summit AcademyThe mission of Northern Summit Academy is to “provide a personalized approach to providing a standards based education and career awareness and preparation to students who need the flexibility of independent study combined with the support of classroom teachers, classes, and an academic environment.”
Northern Summit Academy’s (NSA) personalized approach and delivery utilizes traditional and innovative materials, equipment, techniques, and community resources with an emphasis on collaborative relationships. Active collaboration among students, families, administration, support staff, and the community develop the students’ self-assurance, self-reliance, and a positive and reciprocal relationship with individuals and the community.
The success of NSA will be determined by three overarching goals:
• Progress for all students toward academic proficiency
• High school graduation
• Post high school education or training, and/or employment
NSA nurtures students to take responsibility for creating a fulfilling, healthy life. To do this, we support them in developing this level of personal responsibility through personalized instruction, up to date resources, and healthy adult and peer relationships and activities. These supports help develop healthy personal habits, collaborative work and social skills, and career goals and skills. NSA is committed to equipping the students to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century. It is imperative that these habits and skills be seen as having value and relevancy on a personal and community level.
The collaborative support system at Northern Summit Academy enables each student, parent/guardian, staff member and involved community member to contribute to developing each student as a valuable individual and a valuable, contributing community member. In addition, this collaboration provides opportunities for parent/guardians, staff members, and community members to realize their own value as individuals and contributing community members.
Northern Summit Academy is a California Non-profit 501(3)(c) organization.
We are located at 2877 Childress Drive in Anderson, California. Our office hours are 8:00am – 3:00pm from Monday through Friday and we are also available by appointment.
Schoolwide Learner Outcomes
The student will become an
- Academic and Life Skills Proficient Person who demonstrates;
- the curiosity of a lifelong learner.
- the ability to read and write with clarity and precision.
- the ability to find, select, evaluate, organize, and use information from various sources.
- the ability to make easy and flexible connections among various disciplines of thought and learning methods.
- self-confidence and willingness to risk setbacks in order to learn.
- Effective Communicator and Responsible Global Citizen who demonstrates;
- clear oral and written communication.
- empathy and courtesy for others.
- respect for differences among people and cultures.
- seeking a fair share of workload.
- working cooperatively with others to create common solutions.
- listening, sharing opinions, negotiating, compromising and helping a group reach consensus.
- Realistic Self-Evaluator, Problem Solver and Goal Setter who demonstrates
- accepting responsibility for personal decisions and actions.
- pursuit of a healthy lifestyle based on accurate information.
- creative, critical, and logical thinking.
- the ability to make informed judgments.
- facing challenges with courage and integrity.
- concentration and perseverance, self-motivation and competence.
- Capable Time and Resource Manager who demonstrates;
- the ability to utilize small group work and learning centers.
- adaptability to new situations and new information.
- responsible time management.
- time management based on identified priorities.
- An Effective User of Technology who demonstrates;
- skilled use of technology as a tool.
- the use of technology to communicate effectively.
- using digital technology and communication tools to access, manage, integrate, and evaluate information; to construct new knowledge.
Our advisory council meets every fourth Thursday of each month at 09:00am.
Julia Knight was the author and lead charter petitioner for Northern Summit Academy. She grew up calling Santa Barbara, CA home base while traveling all over the world with her family. Julia attended Marymount in Santa Barbara then went on to graduate from Santa Barbara High School. Julia graduated from Dominican University as a French major. Following this degree, and prior to returning to Dominican for graduate school, she attended the Sorbonne in Paris. Julia earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and her Specialist Instruction Credential in Special Education from Dominican University. Later she earned her Administrative Services Credential.
Julia enjoys working in her garden, sewing, DIY projects and kayaking. She also loves traveling, with and without students. Julia’s favorite subject to teach is French. As part of the Global Teachers Foundation, Julia was invited to travel twice to Kenya to work with Kenyan teachers to provide professional development. This was an incredible experience she would like to help students experience.
Personalized Learning Teacher
Cassie Cable grew up in Shasta Lake City. She graduated from Central Valley High School then Simpson University, where she also completed her credentialing work. Cassie has a B.A. in Psychology. She has been working in charter schools since 2001. Cassie takes the lead in the History Day Projects and writing classes in the resource center. Cassie enjoys running and working the family farm where her husband, their two children and she live. Cassie is knowledgeable in organic gardening, producing the organic products her family uses and raising dairy goats.
Cassie joined the Northern Summit Academy family in the spring of 2016. Cassie’s favorite saying is “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats
Personalized Learning Teacher
Leah Hoyer grew up in Shasta Lake City. She graduated from Simpson University in Redding, where she also completed her credentialing work. Leah has a B.A. in Liberal Studies and speaks Spanish. While with Northern Summit Academy, Leah has developed a focus in the area of science for the TK-8 students. Leah works in a Laser Tag family business on weekends. She enjoys her pet rats and cats. Leah also likes caramels. Leah joined the Northern Summit Academy family in January 2017.
Leah’s favorite quote, “I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways this won’t work.”, Thomas Edison.
Personalized Learning Teacher
Melissa Manly grew up in Paso Robles, California and moved to Redding in 1993. She attended Central Valley High School, Shasta College, Simpson College, and University of Phoenix. Melissa earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, a Multiple-Subject Clear Teaching Credential and an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration.
She loves reading, kayaking, snowshoeing, weightlifting and participating in obstacle course races. She has completed three Tough Mudders, one Spartan Sprint and one Spartan Super. Melissa also enjoys collecting coffee mugs because she loves coffee so much. Her favorite saying is “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi. Melissa joined the Northern Summit Academy family in the spring of 2017.
CTE Veterinary Assistant Teacher
Heidi Copeland was born and raised in Cottonwood, CA. She attended East and West Cottonwood Schools, then she graduated from West Valley High School. Heidi graduated from Shasta College, Redding. Heidi earned an A.A. degree in Equine Science and a Certificate in Horse Husbandry. Heidi has worked over a decade for Far Northern Regional Center in Day Programs and Intermediate Care Facilities. She has led clients in the Day Program to make and sell items, to the public, to generate personal income.
Heidi loves to read, raise her family and their animals. Heidi joined the Northern Summit Academy family, first as a parent in the fall of 2015, then, as a staff member in October 2017. Heidi has two favorite sayings; “Failure is success if we learn from it” and “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” Tim Notke
Personalized Learning Teacher
Bryan Knight started life in Middletown, California, then his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, finally his family returned to Shasta County, California. He graduated from Anderson High School. Bryan completed his B.A, at Chico State University and he finished his credential work with Fresno State University. Bryan has a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. He spent many years in the lumber industry and takes the lead for our Forestry and Natural Resources Pathway, this was the beginning of the NSA Career Technical Education Program.
Bryan enjoys camping, kayaking, landscaping and spending time with family. Bryan has been with Northern Summit Academy since its planning stages. Bryan’s favorite saying is “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
Registrar / Administrative Assistant
Math Intervention Program Instructor
Personalized Learning TeacherVanessa Thomas graduated from Red Bluff High. After graduation she was an exchange student in Belgium for the following school year. She attended Shasta College, Butte College and Chico State where she earned her multiple subject teaching credential. In 2012 she attended Simpson University and earned her single subject credential in Social Science. In 2017 she earned her CTE credential in Education, Child Development, and Family Services.
Vanessa loves reading, traveling, attending concerts with friends, walking her dogs and spending time with her family. Vanessa has been a charter school teacher since 2008 taking on numerous roles at the school and has been with Northern Summit Academy since its planning stages. Her message to students– “I love to learn new things so please share with me!”
CTE Information Technology Teacher
We provide educational opportunities to students who need the flexibility of independent study and the support of classroom teachers, classes, and an academic environment. Now accepting K -12 enrollment applications for the 2019 - 2020 school year.